General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 8a -12.2 °C (10 °F) to -9.4 °C (15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 10b
Plant Height: 24 - 36 inches
Plant Spread: 12 - 18 inches
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Other: Gray-green
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Blue
Other: Blue-violet
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Other: Deadheading faded flower spikes ensures more flowering throughout the season
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Cut Flower
Suitable as Annual
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Humidity tolerant
Drought tolerant
Salt tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Provide light
Days to germinate: 10-30 days
Depth to plant seed: Light is required for germination, so just press the seed into the growing medium rather than covering it.
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Pollinators: Moths and Butterflies
Containers: Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil

Common names
  • Mealy Cup Sage
  • Mealycup Sage

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Location: Lake Macquarie, N.S.W., Australia
Date: 2018-02-27
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2015-11-25
Late November blooms
Location: Plano, TX
Flower close-up
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2016-04-29

Date: 2010-09-05
Location: Lake Macquarie, N.S.W., Australia
Date: 2014-01-16
Location: Plano, TX
Location: Oceanside, California 
Date: 2020-04-21
In my garden
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2013-09-24
Location: Lake Macquarie, N.S.W., Australia
Date: 2014-01-08
Location: Coastal San Diego County 
Date: 2017-08-03
Location: Plano, TX
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2016-04-29
Location: Plano, TX
new flowerbuds
Photo by stephanietx
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2013-10-02

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Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2016-10-26
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  • Posted by Marilyn (Kentucky - Zone 6a) on Sep 15, 2015 9:29 AM concerning plant:
    Mealy Cup Sage, Salvia farinacea 'Blue Bedder' is native to Texas and Mexico.
  • Posted by TexasPlumeria87 (Plano, TX - Zone 8a) on Apr 28, 2017 6:49 PM concerning plant:
    I started this plant from seed a few years ago and it's reliable and tough. It's in clay soil that hasn't been amended in a couple of years, yet it always blooms and thrives. I've been had it bloom in December. It's very drought tolerant and the butterflies and bees love the blooms, plus the blue blooms really stand out. This year it grew over 3 ft. tall which is the largest it's ever grown but we also had a fairly mild winter too.
Plant Events from our members
dragonfetti On April 1, 2015 Seeds germinated
dragonfetti On March 26, 2015 Seeds sown
CQ container
dragonfetti On March 21, 2015 Obtained plant
Ferry-Morse $1.35
lovesblooms On February 22, 2017 Plant Ended (Removed, Died, Discarded, etc)
damped off
lovesblooms On February 12, 2017 Seeds germinated
lovesblooms On February 7, 2017 Seeds sown
NikkiGerena On June 16, 2017 Plant emerged
NikkiGerena On June 11, 2017 Seeds sown
paleohunter On April 15, 2023 Transplanted
paleohunter On April 2, 2022 Transplanted
paleohunter On April 24, 2021 Seeds sown
paleohunter On April 24, 2021 Obtained plant
AtaMaj On July 13, 2022 Obtained plant
obtained 3 plants, planted close toogether (too close)
mulch for winter
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